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Old 06-17-2012, 03:16 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm not sure about the new Motobecanes, but the old French made bikes were awesome. Yeah, just as I thought, the new company has nothing to do with the old one.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:07 AM   #12 (permalink)
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still riding a 06 rockhopper and love it. Cantilever brakes but it's never failed to stop though not always uprite. I believe 06 was the last year for seperate shifter and brake levers. Read as many reviews on whatever bike as you can. I read the newer rock hoppers have cheap rims that tend to bend or at least need to be retrued pretty soon after purchase. The front deraileur tends to dump the chain off the smallest sproket (a bit of milled delrin roundstock and zip ties fixed this for me). Each bike is going to have some issues, it's just trying to find out what may need to be replaced and what you can live with.

Before anyone says "if it's set right the deraileur won't dump the chain off" It's been set many times by different bike shops and rides fine all day on concrete but get it out of some rocky trail for a few hours and it's bound to happen sooner or later. I speculate that the ring for the chain is a bit too wide.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:56 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Are you mechanically inclined? If you are it's really not hard to build up a bike from components. Between ebay, my local MB club site and buying from part out sales I managed to put together my bike for about half what it would have cost if I'd purchased it new and as a single piece.
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